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Netflix Is ‘Buffering’ All Day

battlefornetNo, your Netflix video won’t really be buffering all day, but they’re doing their best to make you think it is.

Visitors to the video streaming site, and others like Vimeo, Reddit, and Twitter are protesting the FCC’s net neutrality proposal with “Internet Slowdown” day. You won’t really have to wait for that episode of “Friday Night Lights” to load, but the spinning widget displayed on Netflix and other participating websites hits an emotional cord.

It’s hard to get people to pay attention to how and why we should defend net neutrality, but that buffering, spinny wheel is infuriating — even when it’s fake. Instead of technical jargon, the widget speaks plain English:

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You can take action and sign petitions here, but some are already calling the widget a wimpy move. If you really want the general population to care about protecting the fast lanes, we might have to actually slow the internet down to drive the point home. You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, right?

 

How Clearleap is Making ‘TV Everywhere Both Possible and Profitable’

HP-Slider-1-nobarThere’s a good chance that if you’re a regular Lost Remote reader, you’ve used a Clearleap-powered product.

The Georgia-based company was founded in 2007, just as networks and cable providers began to make available to consumers TV Everywhere (TVE) and Video on Demand (VOD) options. Clearleap has helped HBO, Verizon, Time Warner, and Scripps deliver content via multiplatform solutions and have helped them monetize these solutions.

Last November, the company raised a $20 million round of funding to expand into the Latin American and European markets – both markets will prove to be extremely valuable to content creators and distributors in the next 10 years. When Netflix released its Q2 earnings report in July it announced that it will be launching in  Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg, and that its launch into these markets “with over 60 million broadband households will significantly increase our European presence and raise our current international addressable market to over 180 million broadband households, or 2x the number of current U.S. broadband households.” Like Netflix, Clearleap and its customers have a lot of territory to cover.

For more on Clearleap and its role in the proliferation of VOD and TVE, we spoke with CEO Braxton Jarratt. Read more

More Camera Angles, More Choice – You Call the Shots in Today’s Sports Viewing World

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Throw the red flag, cue the instant replay and challenge the ruling on the field. The game has changed, and you the viewer are now making the call as to how, where and when you watch the sporting events you like the most.

First and foremost, your viewing options have gone mobile. Whether a tablet, smartphone, or phablet – you can now consume your sports on the screen of your choice, in addition to the largest screen in your living room or man cave. Every major sports league in North America has arranged some form of access with your mobile or cable/satellite service providers so that you can likely watch their games live and on-demand on a screen of your choosing. Many new offerings even have a option for you to play ‘catch up,’ meaning that you can tune in after a game has started and go back and watch the game from the kickoff or tipoff, face off or first pitch.

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ListenFirst’s DAR and Why Social TV Analytics Should Include Wikipedia Engagement

WgpodListenFirst Media – a data and analytics company providing insights for brands – last week launched a syndicated rating system for fan engagement with television and film that will be offered on a subscription basis to networks, studios, agencies, and advertisers. Currently, more than 40 major studios, broadcast networks and cable channels, including A+E Networks, AMC Networks, and Universal Pictures, have signed on as launch partners.

While we have seen analytics companies attempt to create social TV metrics for networks, ListenFirst’s ‘Digital Audience Ratings’ (DAR) will also be creating its metrics for movies to help film distributors adjust their marketing strategies on the fly. On the TV front, DAR will give insight into which shows fans are engaging with on a daily basis, regardless of whether they are being watched on major broadcast networks or Netflix, and regardless if they are being watched in real-time or in a time-shifted setting. Read more

You Had To Be There: Apple’s Event Stream a Disaster

It was going to be epic. Until they decided to stream it.

While the biggest shock should have been the announcement of a fancier-than-the-leaks iPhone 6 or an iWatch, or maybe some updates to Apple TV, the second screen moment of the day was Apple’s own live-stream. How much did it stink? Let us count the ways:

First, you had to use Safari. Who does that? applelivestream Read more

Amazon Launches Instant Video Player for Android, Finally

amazon-instant-video-logoThis week, Amazon has released a Prime Instant Video app for Android users. It’s been a long time coming, too.

Android users can now download (or update) the Amazon app and have full access to everything everyone else does with Prime Instant Video — browse and shop for video content and then watch it on the (separately downloaded) Instant Video Player.

Apparently, it’s only working in the U.S. right now and some tablets aren’t compatible yet. In any case, Android tablet users can now join everyone else in wasting money on Amazon Prime.

Amazon is  full of changes this week; they’ve also modified how season passes work. For now it’s up to the publisher whether they charge customers episode by episode as they air (the old way) or make you pay the whole total up front.

h/t Lifehacker

Alan Wolk Named Chairman of the 2nd Screen Society

unnamedThe 2nd Screen Society (S3) – an organization that advances the interests of second screen program and platform creators, along with OTT delivery services, and social TV initiatives – announced last week that Alan Wolk will be succeeding S3 founder Chuck Parker as Chairman. “S3 provides a place for everyone in the industry to come together, network and share ideas and experiences– with each other and with others via our conferences and events,” Wolk told Lost Remote. “It’s also a vehicle to begin setting standards for the industry, something that’s necessary to propel growth.”

To help set these standards, Wolk will begin by planning upcoming S3 events at IBC, SMPTE New York, LiveTV:LA and International CES. S3 will also utilize their e-mail newsletter 2nd Screen 2Day to syndicate Wolk’s industry blog (www.toadstoolblog.com). Read more

How Giraffic’s AVA Technology ‘Rebuffs’ Re-Buffering Issues and Low Quality Streams

home-main-stripEven with a lightning-fast internet connection, you’ve likely experienced re-buffering – whether in the form of total stoppage or a transition from high to low quality – in the recent past. Sure, streaming technology is improving, but at the same time there are more households with smart TVs consuming content on Netflix and Hulu. Couple that with multiple devices in the same household connected to broadband, and the result is bandwidth issues.

In comes Giraffic, a Tel Aviv-based company that has pioneered “Adaptive Video Acceleration” (AVA), technology designed to eliminate re-buffering issues. Samsung will incorporate the technology in its 2014 smart TV and BlueRay player lineup. AVA accelerates content that is streamed or downloaded to the device’s native video player without any further integration or implementation required by the content provider. “Rather than relying on a single stream,” Giraffic CEO and Founder Yoel Zanger tells Lost Remote, “Giraffic’s AVA requests multiple data sessions from the content servers for smaller pieces of a video stream, then stitches them all back together for seamless playback.”

We spoke with Zanger about how AVA works, what viewers with AVA-equipped devices will notice, and why re-buffering and suboptimal resolution is a persistent problem.

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Social Scoreboard: Week of September 1

“Stand Up to Cancer,” which aired across broadcast networks Friday and partnered with Facebook, topped social media last week. The charity telethon drew 121,000 tweets, written by 61,000 unique authors, reaching a unique audience of over 3.1 million users, according to Nielsen’s Twitter ratings.

“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta,” “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story,” “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” and “WWE Monday Night RAW,” “Teen Wolf,” “Big Brother,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Finding Carter,” and “So You Think You Can Dance” rounded out the top 10.

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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Winner Ricky Ubeda a Twitter Fan Favorite All Season

DAN_TOP_20_PROFILE_RICKY_UBEDA_2500_640x360_294531651631__659274Summer’s must-watch show, ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ concluded Wednesday and fan-favorite Ricky Ubeda came out the winner. According to our analytics partner Canvs, which analyzes tweets about TV to capture emotions, 9% of reactions to the show during the season mentioned Ubeda (only @DANCEonFOX was reacted to more) and the response was overwhelmingly positive: he was featured in 13% of “Good” reactions and 11% of “Stunning Reactions.”

Overall, though the finale got far fewer tweets than the premiere (58,021 vs 94,797), the finale elicited more emotional reactions (25,734 vs 25,660).

For more on how fans reacted to the SYTYCD finale, some additional stats from Canvs followed by an infographic:

-”Excited” spiked from 8:00-8:05 as people expressed their anticipation for the finale.
-”Love” spiked from 8:30-8:35 during Michael Dameski’s performance.
-Enrique Iglesias’s performance from 9:05-9:10 inspired spikes in both “beautiful” and “hate” tweets. Read more

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